Rethinking Islamic Education – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Cambridge professor Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad, an expert on Islamic education discusses the idea of intellect and its connection to religious thinking. What is a good Islamic education? Is religion a series of beliefs simply memorized and passed down from generation to generation? Is it a Scripture and doctrine that is pliable and can be molded to our […]

Your Iman is Not Safe In The Hands of Just Your Intellect

Many of us are struggling with the theory and the intellectual level of our understanding of this religion, for one reason or another. Shaykh Hamdi Benaissa argues that we are shortchanging ourselves if we consign the entirety of our faith to our intellect. Inevitably, the intellect cannot give you iman. In fact, the intellect is […]

What Are the Qualities of a Friend?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: According to Islam what is the purpose of a friend? How does one show gratitude to Allah for a friend? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. One’s friends should be people who are helping […]

The Role of the Intellect with Respect to Revelation & Religion – Shaykh al-Bouti

“The intellect is the instrument of determining the soundness of transmission; of understanding its content; of reaching understanding of the meanings being indicates. The intellect is, thus, like a lamp that illuminates the milestones of the path for the traveller.” [Shaykh Bouti .. الدكتور البوطي :]   إن العقل أداة للوثوق بصحة ورود النقل، […]

What Role Should the Intellect Play When Seeking God?

Answered by Sidi Faraz A. Khan Question: I am an agnostic, this means that I believe that there might be a God, but due to lack of evidence I do not make a decision. Recently, I have become very interested in Islam. I find the messages are always filled with love and compassion. But certain […]

What is the Difference Between the “Heart” (Qalb), “Kindling Heart” (fuaad), and the “Pure Intellect” (lubb)?

Answered by Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra Question: What are the differences between the words “Qalb”, “Fu’aad” and “Lubb” as used in the Qur’an? Answer: As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, The Qur’an expresses the word “heart” using different Arabic words at different times; these can mostly be summed up as the Arabic words qalb, […]